Man has always dreamed of flying. “Especially in the midst of a health crisis, it can be good to leave the earth and gain height”, laughs Jérémie Lippmann. With his youthful look and his Gainsbourg air – which he has already embodied on the stage of the Madeleine theater – the director has the art of breaking codes and innovating. With his brother, the fashion and travel photographer, Basile Dell, they decided to give us wings. And to show us Paris as we have never seen it before.
For a year and a half, the two accomplices have crisscrossed Paris with their funny bird, their drone. In the early morning when the city is deserted or at sunset, they wanted to capture the magic of all the lights and of each season. They obtained from the mayor of Paris the exceptional authorization to fly over the Parisian agglomeration in drone. “We sometimes found ourselves in incredible situations having to show all our supporting documents to dissatisfied cops with machine guns”, remembers Jérémie Lippmann.
The tandem of artists did well to arm themselves with courage and patience. The result is breathtaking. Six thousand photos and hundreds of hours of rush, which they carefully edited during confinement. “A book, a film, soon an exhibition and a show, it’s a complete work for total immersion, explains the director. Like a hymn to Paris, from the Eiffel Tower to Belleville, we wanted to offer Paname, in search of emblematic but also unusual places. ”
We rediscover Paris from the sky, moved by so much beauty. We hover above the buildings, discover little-known axes, details, such as the beauty of the domes, that only birds could contemplate up close. Without knowing it, the two Parisians immortalized the Cathedral of Notre-Dame and its spire, just a few days before the terrible fire of April 2019.
The 20-minute film will therefore be screened for the first time on Saturday October 10 during four screenings: 1 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Free and outdoors, the show promises to be awe-inspiring on the colossal 800m2 screen in the forecourt of the Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt.
In the book Paris as the crow flies, which has just been published by Gallimard, their friend, the writer David Foenkinos, wrote a tale, a love story between two birds, to accompany the two hundred photos chosen. “It is a journey through places but also through generations”, specifies the artist who wanted to transmit to children – in particular to her 4-year-old daughter – her passion and her love for Paris.
An exhibition of the photos is scheduled from October 20 to November 10 on the gates of the Saint-Jacques tower (Paris 4th arrondissement) and a show is in preparation at the Théâtre de la Madeleine. At a time when everything is going badly, it is good to “steal” a little of the magic in Paris.
Screenings Saturday October 10 at 1 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the forecourt of the Seine Musicale on Île Seguin in Boulogne-Billancourt. Duration: 20 minutes. Without reservation, outdoors and free.
“Paris as the crow flies“, published on October 1 by Gallimard editions, photographs by Basile Dell and Jérémie Lippmann. Text by David Foenkinos, 35 euros.